The Republic of Singapore Air Drive (RSAF), the Royal Thai Air Drive (RTAF) and the USA Air Drive (USAF) are collaborating within the twenty sixth version of Train Cope Tiger. Held from 13 to 25 March, the trilateral train is being carried out at Korat Air Base, Thailand. A table-top train involving all three nations to plan for the train was additionally carried out on 11 March. The flying coaching section includes about 70 belongings and greater than 1,100 personnel in whole. The RSAF is collaborating within the train with 24 plane [seven F-15SG, six F-16C/D and six F-16D+ fighter aircraft, one G550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft, one A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), one C-130 transport aircraft, and two Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles], 5 floor based mostly belongings and greater than 550 personnel. The train individuals interact in large-scale air defence and strike missions in a difficult surroundings, sharpening their operational competencies.

Train Administrators for Train Cope Tiger 2022 Colonel (COL) David Kok, RSAF (left), Group Captain (GP CAPT) Sithipol Pomtri, RTAF (center), and COL Wesley Hales, United States Air Drive (USAF) (proper) on the flight line in Korat Air Base, Thailand.(Photograph by MINDEF Singapore)

That is the primary version of the train to contain the RSAF’s A330 MRTT, which offers air-to-air refuelling to fighter plane within the train, extending their endurance for longer missions. Along with the flying coaching, personnel from the three air forces additionally took half in joint socio-civic programmes to contribute to the native communities within the neighborhood of Korat Air Base. Singapore’s Chief of Air Drive Main-Normal Kelvin Khong, Commander-in-Chief of the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya and Air Nationwide Guard Assistant to Commander Pacific Air Forces Main-Normal David Burgy will officiate on the closing ceremony on 25 March. Strict COVID-19 protected administration measures have been put in place for the RSAF train individuals, together with pre-departure and on-arrival testing, in addition to abidance by a restricted itinerary.


Train Cope Tiger seeks to boost the professionalism and defence relations among the many collaborating air forces, and promote nearer rapport and mutual understanding amongst their personnel. Commenting on the importance of the train, the RSAF Train Director, Colonel David Kok mentioned, “Train Cope Tiger offers invaluable coaching alternatives for our airmen and ladies. It helps to hone our means to plan and execute sensible large-scale air fight operations in each air defence and strike missions, in order that we stay operationally-ready and succesful in safeguarding Singapore’s skies. By the mutual understanding and continued dedication by the three air forces, we have been in a position to as soon as once more conduct this essential trilateral train after a two-year hiatus attributable to COVID-19. This can be a robust testomony to the long-standing and shut defence relations we now have with our RTAF and USAF counterparts.”

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport conducting air-to-air refuelling to a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) F-16A/B fighter aircraft during the flying training exercise phase.
A Republic of Singapore Air Drive (RSAF) A330 Multi-Position Tanker Transport conducting air-to-air refuelling to a Royal Thai Air Drive (RTAF) F-16A/B fighter plane through the flying coaching train section. (Photograph by MINDEF Singapore)